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Military Bases

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many military bases in the United Kingdom are (a) under United Kingdom command (b) under United States command and (c) under joint command.

[pursuant to his reply, 22 April 1987, c. 594]: There are approximately 700 principal military bases and facilities in the United Kingdom wholly under United Kingdom command. There are a further 66 military bases and facilities in the United Kingdom made available for use by United States forces under United States national command. The United States authorities are largely responsible for the administrative control of these bases and facilities, but for the great majority of United States military installations there are RAF station commanders who have the responsibilities set out in my answer to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, East (Mr. Strong) on 26 February 1986 at columns 360–61. In addition, there are two NATO armament depots under United Kingdom command but providing a service for the United States forces. There are no military bases or facilities under joint United Kingdom/United States command.